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Qualitative Research in Health: an Introduction

by Grbich Carol SAGE Publications Ltd
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Pbk 320 pages
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Qualitative Research in Health offers a comprehensive and practical introduction to the main theories and methods of qualitative research for the health sciences. It covers the full range of conventional and new qualitative methods including ethnography, phenomenology, grounded theory , biography, action research, historical research, discourse analysis and postmodern, poststructuralist and feminist approaches to research. The advantages and disadvantages of each method are discussed in an even-handed way, as are the broad differences between qualitative and quantitative methods .Carol Grbich shows that qualitative methods need to be followed just as rigorously as quantitative methods, providing examples drawn from various health fields. Additional features include:guidelines for interpreting and presenting research resultsan overview of key ethical issuesa review of computing packages used in qualitative research Qualitative Research in Health is an ideal introduction for students and researchers, and a useful reference for professionals across the health sciences.

Preface PART ONE: THEORY AND DESIGN Qualitative Research An Introduction Theory in Research Approaches to the Use of Theoretical Perspectives Research Design Issues PART TWO: TECHNIQUES OF DATA COLLECTION Interviewing Observation PART THREE: METHODOLOGICAL APPROACHES Library-Based Methods Field-Based Methods Action-Based Methods PART FOUR: INTERPRETATION, ANALYSIS AND PRESENTATION OF DATA Interpretation and Analysis Computer-Assisted Analysis Presentation of Data

As a pharmacy practitioner in the health arena of both practice and education, I would recommend the book as a learning and reference tool to colleagues who are new to qualitative health research. Grbich's comprehensive, open-minded overview of qualitative health research leaves the student with guidelines for success while plainly informing the researcher about the debates and issues that surround this research approach. - The Qualitative Report, September 2010
Professor Dr. Carol Grbich, is a Medical Sociologist and Professor in the School of Medicine at Flinders University, South Australia. Her previous appointments were in the School of Behavioural Health Sciences at LaTrobe University and in the School of Education at Monash University. She is the foundation editor of the International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches and is an experienced researcher being the author of Health in Australia: Sociological concepts and issues now in its 3rd edition and a standard text in 19 Australian Universities. She has written three books on qualitative research: Qualitative Research in Health: An introduction (Allen and Unwin and Sage International, 1999); New Approaches in Social Research (London Sage publications, 2004) and Qualitative Data Analysis. (London: Sage 2007).as well as Paramedics in Australia: Contemporary challenges of practice. Australia: Pearson Press, 2008).